There are few things Cheryl and I disagree on, ( Ok, perhaps I'm not counting the little things...) but music is one of them. Oh, sure, we find "common ground" now and then. But specifically, Cheryl is no fan of Barbershop Music. She could possibly be lumped into the "I hate it!" category. But I find the music calming and relaxing. Music is one of those things that can take you away from your troubled world for a few moments and transport you to a happier time, happier place, or even happier state of being. I'm understanding though. I simply despise Country and Rap music. Everyone has their own taste in music.
So, while looking around the endless YouTube videos, I discovered that I missed out on the 2016 Barbershop finals in August. ( No matter, I was not going to be able to attend anyway.) I maybe know what you are thinking....Judge me if you must. I'll take this over any Hank Williams song any day.
First, Masters of Harmony.
Be sure to check out the build up at 3:11. Also the finishing chord at 4:26. What can I say? It sends shivers...
The conductor was the lead conductor of the Westminster Chorus during the 2009 chorus of the world win. Just a bit of trivia...although I'm unfamiliar with how promotions are run in the World of Harmony Choruses.
Next: A new group to me. The Voices of Gotham. This song caught me by surprise. Who does not love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?
Check out 2: 36 into this one to hear the refrain chords. Then later at 3:43. At first I thought they rushed through some parts a bit, but later, after listening to it over and over again...I now deem it intentional and suitable.
So, if you enjoy a good harmony with only male voices and no instruments, give these two vids a listen. And hopefully, they will brighten your day a tad. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
|Chock up another one!|
|The collection Grows!|
|Early Start. Noe the rain!|
|Preparing for Precipitation!|
|Time to get wet....maybe.|
|A quick visit to the Bathrooms.|
|So excited, she can barely contain it!|
|Lose the Poncho, check the Garmin.|
|No mascot captures this year.|
So, with bathroom breaks and national anthem out of the way, the race began. I was a little bummed that I was unable to capture any race shots this time. The new camera has it's own identity... and taking action sport shots is not one of them. Not that it mattered much. Cheryl ran past me so quickly, I probably would have had trouble capturing her with the old camera. I finally gave up and decided to record her with video. With only moderate success.
|Cheryl's elbow...behind the blue guy|
Wanna see? Check out how she blows past me at the 30 second mark. (look for the guy with the green shirt, Cheryl is hidden behind the lady in the purple-ish top. Don't feel too bad if you miss her the first time; she's a blur!) At 30 seconds, she is in the lower right corner wearing orange shorts and turquoise top.
The video quality is crap compared to the original... Hmm, Guess blogger does not like videos much.
|Cheryl rounds the corner to the finish.|
|Finally a still shot that turned out.|
|Time to hang out by the water|
|And show off the medal.|
|And drink the beer!|
|And hear about the "winners"|
|Cheryl offers a bribe.|
|Hiro displays his disappointment|
|Hiro inspects he offer...|
|Takes a sniff...|
So, Cheryl gets to add another medal to her growing list of successes ( and semi- successes) in the world of running. She thinks that this year's medals are fewer than she had hoped, but at least some of the medals have ulterior uses that come in handy from time to time.
|And then a taste. Bribe accepted!|
|These medals come in handy|
|If only Cheryl would use them properly|
|Lift and pull...lift and pull!|
Friday, August 19, 2016
|This way to the Expo!|
|Cheryl sizes up the shoes...|
|Cheryl remembers those Chairs|
|Waiting for the Packets|
|Cheryl makes sure papers are in order.|
|Time to see what the Packet contains.|
|Checking out the Merchandise|
|Cheryl thinks it is a little too big.|
They did have a pretty cool shirt with the names of the people who were running the race this year. unfortunately, Cheryl felt it was too big for her and that she most likely would never wear it. But it was cool to see her name on one of the shirts.
|But this shirt literally has her name on it!|
|Pizza with lots of Wisconsin Cheese!|
|Checking out the school market|
|Milk produced on campus.|
|Along with Ice-cream and cheese.|
|Heading back to the Hotel|
|The Official Race Shirt.|
|Rain and thunder predicted. Might be fun!|
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
I probably should not sound overly excited about that, but this project seems to have been going on for a long time and Cheryl is ready for a break. I'm ready as well, even though I have not worked as long or as hard as she has these past few months. Being burned out at the end of each day is not my idea of fun. Oh, Sure! The money is nice. But with the constant Subaru repairs and traveling back and forth to Iowa city in the heat of the morning, I think everyone on Team Allenbrite (including Subie!) could use a time out.
So, what shall we do with our bleak prospects, new found time, and limited resources? Well, Cheryl has a race coming up this weekend! The Madison Half Marathon! We are both looking forward to it.
|Preparing to Write...again!|
Saturday, August 13, 2016
|A New wheel bearing|
|An "Old" wheel bearing. i.e Mine!|
|the "bearing" is missing in this one|
|All these parts. Call the Pros on this one!|
|Hiro Stands Guard in the Front yard.|
|Female Tiger Swallowtail|
While prepping to write this entry, I had the rare opportunity to capture a few "moments" in our front yard. Even though we have flowers by our front window, and even though it is not "uncommon" for butterflies and other colorful creatures to visit them; it is VERY rare that I happen to have the camera handy when an opportunity presents itself.
|She likes the purple flowers best.|
|Notice the two rows of yellow dots on Hindwings.|
|Tiger Swallowtail Common form|
|Pipevine Swallowtail ( poisonous)|
|She was very nice to pose for me. I even got to pet her.|
I guess I will never lose that Biologist side of myself. Life is a pretty cool subject, after all. Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. Perhaps the little posting will enhance your Trival Pursuit game someday. The topic Can be confusing as there are often MANY overlapping and parallel ties that connect butterflies. So many I do not want to make this posting any longer than it has to be. But, what can I say. I love bugs ( most of them) and Subarus Even if the love is one sided most of the time.